MWC coaches back Fisher for national award

One of the more interesting questions and answers on Monday’s Mountain West Conference men’s basketball coaches teleconference was if fellow MWC coaches thought San Diego State coach Steve Fisher deserves to be considered for national coach of the year. Fisher’s Aztecs are 22-1 overall, 8-1 in the MWC and sixth this week in The Associated Press top 25.

All of the coaches asked supported Fisher, which is what you would expect. Here’s what Wyoming coach Heath Schroyer said:

“No. 1 he’s a special human being. He’s a great guy. The thing that coach Fisher did and was given was a lot of time. His first three or four years they really struggled. The last five years they’ve been really good. He’s got them rolling and they’re going to be rolling for a while.”

“He’s got my coach of the year vote, for sure.”

Interesting comment about given a lot of time.

Fisher is in his 12th season at SDSU, which is the entire life of the MWC. In his first six seasons, the Aztecs went to one NCAA Tournament, one NIT and finished .500 or below four times. In Fisher’s last six years (and his sixth has yet to be completed) he’s won no fewer than 22 games. The Aztecs have been to two NCAA Tournaments and three NITsin the last five years, and will make it to their third NCAA Tournament in six years.

Schroyer is in his fourthyear, has finished above.500 once, has never finished above .500 in leauge play and has been to one post-season tournament — the CBI. Was this an indirect way of saying he needs more time at UW to get things going in the right direction?

Another interesting item about Fisher: He’s never won a conference coach of the year award. Even when he was at Michigan in the 1990s when he led the Wolverines to back-to-back NCAA Tournament championship game appearances.

‘That has to be the biggest travesty I’ve ever heard in my life,” Colorado State coach Tim Miles said.

See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for more from Monday’s teleconference, and for a preview of Tuesday’s Wyoming-New Mexico women’s basketball game in Laramie.

5 thoughts on “MWC coaches back Fisher for national award

  1. Gags,

    Are we getting tired of the same old hum-drum w/ Schroyer? Whats the fans impression of his program? What do his peers other than Miles really think? How do the players feel about the program in general? What does the administration believe is in the best interest of this program.

    Honestly, we are in the dark about what is going on. Burman gives the same old song and dance, and frankly it’s not very legitimate of us to raise any more contention than we have.

    Go Pokes!

    • Coaches rarely will ever say a bad word about a fellow coach. Players like Heath, at least these players do. Burma has said from day one he’s not going to comment on Heath’s job status during the season and he’s sticking to the plan. But don’t mistake that for keeping fans in the dark. If this keeps up there will be a change made.

    • Charles Bradley would be a hell of a hire-look whats going on in Boulder. Wyo needs someone connected to the University. The right man is available-it would take some outside the box insight but he is our choice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Is it me, or is his little plug for his job very tacky?

    There is truth to being given more time…but that’s a 1st or 2nd year or possibly 3rd year thing for basketball. If you can’t turn it around in 4 years, you need to move on. Yes, we’ve had some key injuries, but you should not build a team around 1 really good guy and not coach the rest to potential. There is no good excuse for that. There is also no good excuse for having a bunch of guys not play as a team or for not putting in 40 minutes worth of solid effort until this late in the season.

  3. I guess our have our long-awaited answer! As soon as I got done typing my response above, I saw that Schroyer was fired.

    I wish him well in in his future endeavors…as long as they’re away from here!

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